A lawyer for one of Jose Padilla's co-defendants accused prosecutors of turning the terror suspects' trial into a "US versus Islam" crusade to conceal a lack of evidence. Padilla, a US citizen, and two other men face charges of conspiring to murder and injure people in Afghanistan and Eastern Europe, as well as providing material support to Al-Queda.
Padilla was originally arrested for plotting to set off a dirty bomb, then held in a military jail for 3 1/2 years. But the charges in this civil case make no reference to a bomb plot, Reuters reports. Meanwhile, one defense lawyer charged that the government's case rests on clips of wiretapped conversations taken out of context and questionably translated from Arabic.